Bengaluru: Income tax officer's son found dead

Bengaluru: Income tax officer's son found dead

The 19-year-old son of an Income Tax officer who was kidnapped on September 12 has been murdered.

"Though Sharath did not respond on his mobile when his parents tried to contact him, his father received a video message from his son's mobile asking him to arrange the ransom for his release", said Prasad.

The police have arrested six persons, including the victim's friend Vishal, in connection with the death.

Vishal was known to the victim's family and he was with them even after the FIR about the abduction was filed, Kumar said. Sharath is believed to have been strangulated a couple of days after he was kidnapped, said police. They later joined Shantha, Vikky and had a beer before they made Sharath get into a vehicle that Vikky had borrowed from his friend. Police commissioner T Suneel Kumar said, "Based on technical evidence, Vishal was questioned by our men and he confessed to having killed Sharath with his associates". "The appeal was sent on WhatsApp from the phone of the kidnapped student, Sharath, to his parents on September 12, days before they reported him missing in Bengaluru.In another WhatsApp video Sharath, 19, warned his parents, "They are also following my akka (elder sister), they listed all her activities, day by day".

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They then carried his body in the auto, tied a boulder to it and dumped it in Narasimhaiah lake at Ramohalli, said Additional Commissioner of Police (West) Malini Krishnamoorthy.

Initial reports claim that the young boy was kidnapped by one of his relatives whose name is Vishal who is also arrested.

He asked his family to arrange for the money and get him freed, the complaint said. The victim also asked his parents not to file a police complaint. They dumped his body at Rachenahalli lake near Kengeri suburb. Sharath told Vishal he would join him on his bike.